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  • The Last Shark

    The Last Shark

    ★★

    #22 of this year's Halloween Horror Season

    The Last Shark is such a massive Jaws rip off that Universal successfully took legal action against it and had it removed from theatres. In all fairness it does manage to avoid several key elements of Jaws. It doesn't have a good theme. It doesn't have an oceanographer like Richard Dreyfuss' Hooper and the main character isn't a cop but a writer.

    Everything else? It's just Jaws only less competent. James Franciscus plays…

  • The First Purge

    The First Purge

    ★★★

    #21 of the 2020 Halloween Horror Season

    Am I insane or is this the best Purge movie yet? The concepts of the Purge series have been great but the execution has been suspect. Here we have a new director in Gerard McMurray who seems to have an eye for shot composition and loves The Raid. My only real complaint creatively is that the film is far too on the nose about criticisms of the Purge concept. After all every government…

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  • Kangaroo Jack

    Kangaroo Jack

    I saw this because I'm watching every Walken film.

    A few years ago I was diagnosed with a skin problem that was later confirmed, via tests, to be MRSA. In order to stop it from spreading the doctor cut my leg open with a scalpel on local anesthetic. He removed a chunk of flesh and then dug out the area underneath, which didn't feel numb from my perspective. Then they packed the wound with cotton wool to make sure it…

  • Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows

    I remember when a Tim Burton film was something kooky that the whole world would fall in love with. Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, even his Batman (although I wasn't keen on it). But increasingly Burton's films have lost their way. Dark Shadows is a mess. Disjointed, rarely keeping any character continuity from one scene to the next. Its only saving grace is Johnny Depp's rather familiar central character. As per usual he throws enough heart into the performance that it stands…